How Does Compensation Work?

In my day-to-day life as a Legal Executive I help clients get a fair amount of compensation for physical injuries caused by another’s negligence, injuries caused by the negligence of medical professionals, and unfair or discriminating treatment by employers against their employees. I generally enjoy my work, as while money will never be able to ‘fix’ a negligent situation aka it will never be able to take you back in time and stop the negligence from occurring, it can make life more manageable in the aftermath.

A good example is the clients whose lives have been undeniably changed due to negligence to the point where living in their old homes without any modifications is a genuine trial, compensation can help make your home liveable again. Compensation, when properly managed, can be a force for good and in the UK, there are strict rules governing how compensation is calculated and assessed.

I am aware that unless you work in the legal profession it can be difficult to even be aware of these rules’ existence, let alone be familiar with them. So, I am never surprised when client’s have unrealistic expectations regarding compensation. This article is designed to combat these expectations, by explaining the ways in which compensation is calculated, thus providing a basic understanding that will help put unrealistic expectations in perspective.

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Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace & 4 Steps to Resolve the Situation

This article is for the UK Workplace and refers to UK law.

Suffering from bullying or harassment in the work place can be an employee’s worst nightmare, it can damage self-esteem, confidence, productivity and in some situations, prevent people from attending work all together. For employers, finding out that someone in your organisation is accused of behaving in a bullying or harassing way can put you in an uncomfortable situation as you will need to investigate fully as either you have an employee who is a bully and needs to be stopped or you have an employee who is making accusations and needs to be educated on what constitutes bullying or harassment.

In this article, we will discuss basic information about bullying and harassment at work, identifying the types of behaviors that can fall under these headings and some behaviors that do not. We will also summarize the responsibilities of employers and outline some of the options open to employees who find themselves being bullied.

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3 Tricks for Managing Conflict at Work

No one is going to enjoy it when the work environment is disrupted by a conflict. It can make the workplace uncomfortable and unpleasant, productivity rates will drop along with motivation and mutual respect. Conflict at work is always detrimental and preventative measures should be taken to stop it from happening, but if/when it does happen action should be almost immediate in order to stop it before it can fester and grow into a much bigger issue which can cause a multitude of problems both at the time and in the future.

If you notice workplace conflict, you may question what you can do to help? But should you even be the one helping? Or will your interference exacerbate the situation more? It can be hard to know what the right thing to do in these situations is, so this article will lay out three easy to implement tips to help you deal with conflict at work.

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Can You Be Fired for Having a Tattoo in the UK?

I have received a fair few queries regarding tattoos in the workplace recently. Most of these queries have been concerning the hiring and firing of people with tattoos. But also from people who are concerned that they are being passed over for promotion or opportunities because they have tattoos.

It is now apparent that this has begun to affect people who are employed or looking for employment. This article will explain how the law stands regarding those of us who have tattoos and how this affects our employment rights.

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What to Do If Your Employer Treats You Differently After You Become Pregnant

Deciding to start a family is a big decision with many variables that need to be considered at different stages of the pregnancy and your child’s early years. One of the key considerations that come to mind early on in the process is usually your employment. There is no doubt that if you are a woman and you are working, becoming pregnant is going to have an impact on your employment, both in the short term and likely in the long term as well.

By law, UK employers offer maternity leave to their female employees who become pregnant. However, the consequences of having a baby can go beyond the actual pregnancy and far into the future. You and your employer will need to consider what will happen regarding your employment beyond your pregnancy and into your child’s early years. As many women who have children cannot return to work on the hours they worked prior to becoming pregnant and have to return to part-time hours.

This can cause a high level of concern, that falling pregnant will negatively impact your employment. You may worry that you will be penalized due to the fact that you require maternity leave and potentially part-time hours on your return. Could you potentially lose your employment as you are no longer able to fulfill the demands of your job due to shorter working hours? Will you still receive the same kinds of opportunities that you had prior to your pregnancy? Will your employer and/or co-workers consider that your job isn’t your number one priority anymore and treat you negatively because of this?

There are many fears that can spin out of control if you let them. This article will alleviate those fears by laying out the legal position and your rights when you become pregnant. While it is impossible to guarantee that your employer or co-workers will treat you fairly should you become pregnant, this article will outline the legal redress available to you if they fail to treat you fairly

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